History of the Council
The creation of the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (formerly the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia) stems from a call to action from the Fraser Basin Council on the issue of invasive plants in BC after a field trip to the Cariboo in 2001 brought the issue to the forefront. The Fraser Basin Council then led the development of the Invasive Plant Strategy for BC, a groundbreaking document published in 2003 that outlines an action plan to address the exponential increase in invasive plant populations throughout the province.
A new Invasive Species Strategy for BC is now being developed, building upon the original version, and will serve as a tool that will enhance the coordination of invasive species management across BC.
Over the course of 2011, workshops were held across the province to allow stakeholders to provide input and direction of the new Strategy. During the 2012 Public Forum and AGM, “Shutting Out Invaders”, attendees have the opportunity to review the final draft Strategy. All draft versions, regional workshop meeting summaries, and blog discussions are available online. Thank you to the technical writing team and all other contributors to this important initiative for BC!
The Council also began transitioning to become the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia during 2011, to expand from invasive plant management to include all invasive species impacting BC. This transition will continue into 2012 and beyond!